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    ABTA confirms agents are eligible for new government grants

    The post ABTA confirms agents are eligible for new government grants appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. The government has published amended regulations that explicitly reference retail travel agents as businesses that are required to legally close in tier four areas within England. Trade body ABTA argued the confirmation was a welcome step in ensuring agents in England are eligible for grant support under the localised restrictions support grants regime. The previous exclusion of travel agents from the regulations had resulted in agents being denied much needed funding from local authorities under the scheme. Following lobbying from ABTA, the devolved nations had already clarified that grants support…

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    What Brexit means for travel, government funding and COVID-19 lobbying to feature in ABTA’s Jan meet

    The post What Brexit means for travel, government funding and COVID-19 lobbying to feature in ABTA’s Jan meet appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. ABTA is holding an extra round of regional business meetings this year, starting from 19 January 2021 and running through to 2 February. During the meetings, ABTA will provide an update on the government schemes available to support the sector and the lobbying work that the association is conducting, particularly around the need for tailored financial support for the travel industry. Other matters to be discussed will be changes that may affect businesses following Brexit – such as the legal status of seasonal…

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    Government introduces new rules for International Travel

    The post Government introduces new rules for International Travel appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. International passengers returning to Australia will now be required to provide a pre-flight negative COVID test, while masks will become compulsory on all flights, under new National Cabinet measures. At a special meeting between State premiers and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, it was also agreed that National Cabinet will now meet every fortnight, following the Brisbane lockdown and the ongoing outbreak in Sydney. At the virtual meeting held this morning, it was also decided that masks would become mandatory on both domestic and international flights in Australia and in all domestic airports.…

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    Aussie government gives new support package that doubles previous commitment to travel industry

    The post Aussie government gives new support package that doubles previous commitment to travel industry appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Tourism minister Dan Tehan has just confirmed that another AUD 128 million (USD 128 million) will be available to assist travel industry businesses dealing with the ongoing closure of Australia’s international borders. The funding is part of a AUD 1.2 billion (0.93 billion) package which also includes the underwriting of 800,000 half-price domestic flights to specified regional destinations, as well as government-backed loan guarantees for small and medium businesses. The loan programme is accessible for businesses turning over up to AUD 250 million which have accessed…

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    AU government funded half-price tickets 600,000 sold in 3 weeks

    The post AU government funded half-price tickets 600,000 sold in 3 weeks appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Last month, the Australian Government announced a $1.2 billion tourism support package which included 800,000 half-price airfares, helping a record number of Australians enjoy a holiday at home this year. According to Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, more than 600,000 half-price flights have been snapped up in just three weeks following the federal government’s $1.2 billion package to help tourism bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic and entice Aussies to discover Australia and support the local tourism businesses. Mr McCormack said, “the mass uptake of bargain domestic holiday trips…